All of us on the host committee love New Orleans, and we’re eager to share our favorite spots we hope attendees will visit during the joint annual meeting. Today’s featured spot is the Old Ursuline Convent, one of the oldest surviving buildings in region (and the site of our annual GNOA-ARMA holiday party!)
The Old Ursuline Convent, located at 1100 Chartres Street in the French Quarter, is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley. Constructed by French Colonial Engineers under the auspices of the crown, the convent was designed in 1745 and completed in 1752-1753. Over the centuries, this building has been a convent for the Ursuline nuns, a school, an archbishop’s residence, the archdiocesan central office, a meeting place for the Louisiana Legislature. Later, it served as a residence for priests serving mainly the Italian community, and then housed the Archdiocesan Archives. Today, together with the St. Louis Cathedral and St. Mary’s Church, it forms the Catholic Cultural Heritage Center of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
The museum is open for tours, Monday-Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Check out this video on YouTube for more information about the Convent.
In addition, the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivist will hold their annual meeting there on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. 10:00am-4:00pm. Please contact Ann Boltin for more information.